Govt seeks report from J&K on IS activities

Govt seeks report from J&K on IS activities

With reports suggesting the Islamic State (IS) is trying to enter Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre has sought a report from the state government on the outfit’s activities.

Sources told Deccan Herald the development came after three youths from Hyderabad arrested in Nagpur disclosed that they wanted to reach the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) via Kashmir for an onward journey to Iraq and Syria via Afghanistan.

IndiGo air tickets from Mumbai to Srinagar were reportedly recovered from these youths which substantiated their claims. The three Hyderabad-based cousins reportedly planned to meet Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi using the name of their late uncle Syed Salahuddin, the former chief of the Students Islamic Movement of India.

Andrabi is a leader of the separatist Kashmiri women's group Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

“National Security Advisor  Ajit Doval and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi have written to five states, including Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra, seeking details of radicalisation of youth towards the IS,” they said adding the two officials have also sought details of steps taken by the police and security agencies of these states to check the IS’s spreading influence.

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